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mmmmmmm donuts

Posted in Food by eatlooklisten on January 30, 2009

Today, my friend Erica surprised a bunch of us by bringing in some donuts from Portland, Oregon’s Voodoo Doughnuts, a truly magical place. It’s the kind of place that I’m so stereotypically attracted to: “wacky”, a little punk-rock/anarchist, not afraid to do weird shit with food (Jagermeister donuts, anyone? Or Nyquil glazed donuts?), vegan friendly even though I’m not vegan, really local-centric and unique to its town. Granted, these were a couple days old, but this little taste test only excited me for the prospect of eating fresh ones once I make it out to Portland.

I tried:

  • The Arnold Palmer (“cake doughnut covered with lemon and tea powder”): delicious
  • The Voodoo Doughnut (“voodoo doll doughnut”, in the shape of a voodoo doll with a pretzel sticking out of its heart and a jelly filling): also delicious, although I didn’t get enough jelly in my sample piece
  • Bubble Gum doughnut: I generally hate the artificial flavor of bubble gum, but I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would
  • Iced doughnut with Berry Cap’n Crunch: good, although a fresh one while the cereal’s still crunchy would have been awesome on a texture level
  • Iced doughnut with Froot Loops: see above. Would probably like it less than the Cap’n Crunch
  • Bacon Maple long john (raised doughnut with maple icing and 2 strips of bacon): I had a similar experience as Anthony Bourdain when he first had this doughnut, although I hardly ate it out of politeness. I’ve become kind of burnt out on the Bacon Craze, although I do love me some bacon, or most parts of a pig for that matter. But this? Man. Its simplicity is awesome. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and savory/salty that I always enjoy, and the crunch of the bacon with the softness of the doughnut was pretty damn satisfying texture-wise.

AND they do weddings! Can you imagine? A giant donut cake or a donut tower, after getting married AT a donut shop? In Portland? Lord.



Posted in Food, Music by eatlooklisten on November 11, 2008

If anyone wants to get me this 14-DVD Scopitone collection, you’d be a saint and a hero and I’d love you forever. I mean, I’m just saying. Don’t know what they are? Read about them here and then watch a bunch here or consult trusty ol’ Youtube!

Speaking of indulgences, I’m daydreaming of More Cupcakes‘ salted caramel cupcakes. The cupcakes there are kind of expensive but that place probably boasts the most adventurous yet refined flavor combinations. Yes, this is the place with the BLT cupcake (which I’ve been told I should try at least once, but it’s not something one would eat with relish and finish). Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just be wiping the drool off my chin.

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Long time, no see

Posted in Food, Politics by eatlooklisten on November 5, 2008

First off, I write morning after a tremendous victory for Barack Obama. I’m so proud that words kind of can’t describe it. I found myself at Piece yesterday evening, and watched MSNBC and CNN’s commentary and the initial information roll in. First 3 to 8, then 3 to 16 (?), then suddenly the numbers started shooting up. There were cheers as soon as Illinois went up. The enthusiasm and goodwill was overwhelming, and I almost cried a couple times. Once Obama’s count went to 200, I knew it was safe (at least for then) to go home and watch the rest there so I wouldn’t have to blub in public. I have friends who attended the rally, or at least got near it, and they echoed the good feelings and emotion running through the place. What an amazing night.

In other Chicago-related news, I was delighted to get my local-centric Daily Candy email and find information on the Downtown Farmstand. In Chicago, the farmers’ markets only last until October, and we have to wait until May for them to start up again. Somewhat rightfully so considering the weather, but I have always wished for a year-round indoor market. Lots of cities have them, even cities smaller than us, so why not us? The Downtown Farmstand is the kind of place I’d been hoping for, although it only runs until December. Still, it’s two more months of locally-grown farmers’ market produce that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise!